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Floods followed a drought in California. It was not anticipated by forecasters.

The drought isn’t over, but parched farmland and declining reservoir levels have been supplanted by raging rivers and deadly flooding. The state is waterlogged with as much as 10 to 20 inches of rain and up to 200 inches of snow in some locations in the past three weeks. The precipitation forecast for California remained virtually unchanged in the CPC’s Nov. 17 update. CPC director David DeWitt said the outlook was heavily influenced by the expected continuation of La Niña. In both of the two previous “three-peat” La Niño winters since 1950, much of California recorded below-normal precipitation.